1But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
2 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
3 and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
4 For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
5 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
6 like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
7 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
8 They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them forever.
9 Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.
Notes on Wisdom 3:1-9.
Despite appearances … they are at peace. This is what we hope and trust for those who we have loved who have died. Whether they have died peacefully at the end of a long and rich and full life or even if they have died suddenly or before a full span of life has been enjoyed … we pray that they will be at peace. This passage has been a comfort and a blessing for thousands of years. It is a delightful expression of trust in God.